Meet the Team — Neil Wilson
In the run up to the 2017 season getting underway we will be introducing the current Trinity Sailing Foundation team. Today we caught up with another member of our sea staff — Neil Wilson.
What is your role at Trinity Sailing?
I am Trinity’s substitute team member. Part-time mate, part-time cook, part-time deckie. I help to cover the main crew members when they are away on leave and have spent time working on all three vessels. I’m a volunteer and am often around in the winter months getting the vessels ready for sea.
How long have your worked for Trinity?
I have been coming down for the past two-and-a-half years.
What did you do prior to joining the team?
Before I retired I drove trucks around Europe for around 20 years, prior to that I was transporting containers to and from various parts of the UK for 15 years. I have done a wide range of everything though, I was a butcher once.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being involved with the other members of the Trinity team, who are a lot younger than me. I find the things many of them have done and the goals they have achieved very inspiring in many ways.
Where is your favourite sailing destination?
I am particularly fond of the Devon and Cornwall area, but I also like it in Oban and around the Scottish Isles.
When you’re not sailing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I volunteer at an urban community farm, in Southampton, where I work mainly in the gardens with groups of people with special needs. I also hold a world record for the most sighs within a five minute period.